Best of South Africa

Discover the Best of South Africa and connect with the culture of two countries. Travel from the north to the south to encounter South Africa’s legacy of Mandela and the cosmopolitan spirit of Cape Town.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg

Your seamless South African journey begins with an airport transfer from O.R Tambo International Airport to your hotel. Settle in to the pace of Africa’s most energetic city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: The Maslow
Day 2: Johannesburg – Kruger National Park Area

The golden Highveld gives way to rolling green hills as we travel to South Africa’s Lowveld. We admire the iconic sights along Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route – the Blyde River Canyon, the heavenly landscapes of God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Before evening falls, we venture to our hotel near the famous Kruger National Park, our home for two nights.

Hotel: Sabi River Sun or Protea Kruger Gate, 2 nights
Day 3: Kruger National Park Safari Game Drive

Connect with nature and explore South Africa’s oldest national park in the company of a Local Specialist. Uncover the secrets of the bushveld – the magnificent and iconic Big 5, the Little 5 and everything in between. See the glistening yellow Golden-orb spider waiting on her web, smell the damp scent of acacia trees in the early morning and keep your head down in search of animal spoor. Spend your afternoon at leisure.

Day 4:  Kruger National Park Area – Mbabane (Swaziland)

Travel to landlocked eSwatini. ‘Dive Into Culture’ during a visit to a Swazi Chief’s village and gain insights into the community’s way of life, sampling some of the local pap and stew, and admiring their striking crimson traditional dress.

Hotel: Royal Swazi Spa
Day 5:  Mbabane (Swaziland) – Hluhluwe

We venture to ‘garden of province’ of KwaZulu Natal and its northern wilderness. Traversing rolling sugarcane fields and lush valleys, we arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park where there is an opportunity to embark on an optional 4×4 game drive. This evening enjoy a delicious South African braai – a perfect way to end the day.

Hotel: Anew
Day 6:  Hluhluwe – Durban (Umhlanga Rocks)

Board an optional morning cruise on Lake St. Lucia and get up close to the hippos, crocodiles and birdlife residing in the estuary. Alternatively explore the town of St Lucia. We continue south to Durban for an effortless encounter with this tropical east coast hub, which begins with a delicious Curry Buffet at the Oyster Box Hotel, one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ – a seaside hotel that captures the nostalgia of a bygone era.

Hotel: The Oyster Box
Day 7: Durban (Umhlanga Rocks) – Southern Drakensberg Mountains 

Venture through the scenic Valley of 1000 Hills bound for the spectacular escarpment that winds north from the Eastern Cape to Mpumalanga. The Underberg’s vibrant arts and crafts scene and stunning setting provide a beautiful backdrop for a morning drive. You’ll continue to the foothills of the iconic Sani Pass where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure and stay overnight .

Hotel: Premier Resort Sani Pass, 2 nights
Day 8: Drakensberg Mountains Free Day or Sani Pass Excursion to Lesotho

Indulge in the freedom of a day spent exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your terms. Consider joining an optional 4×4 Sani Pass drive, ascending to a heavenly height of 2,876 metres for lunch at Africa’s highest pub in Lesotho, or alternatively relax down here on earth amidst the Drakensberg’s lofty peaks.

Day 9: Southern Drakensberg Mountains – Eastern Cape Beaches

From enigmatic mountain landscapes to South Africa’s untamed coastline, we venture through the Eastern Cape and the green hills of the Transkei, dotted with Xhosa kraals and homesteads. Discover the legacy of Nelson Mandela, at his birthplace in Xunu, then enjoy the unspoiled Wild Coast beaches of Chintsa, where the only footprints in the sand will be yours.

Hotel: Crawfords Beach Lodge
Day 10: Eastern Cape Beaches – Port Elizabeth

Wake to the sound of the ocean and spend time admiring pristine natural surrounds before we begin our journey to Port Elizabeth. Once a British settlement, this port city holds the distinction of being South Africa’s friendliest city, which you’ll encounter first-hand as you explore it on your own terms this evening.

Hotel: Radisson Blu
Day 11: Port Elizabeth – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna

Walk beneath the tranquil canopy of Tsitsikamma’s giant and ancient Yellowwoods, arriving at Storms River Mouth to peer into the depths of the gorge. Walk beneath the tranquil canopy of Tsitsikamma’s giant and ancient Yellowwoods, arriving at Storms River Mouth to peer into the depths of the gorge. ‘Connect With Locals’ during a ‘Be My Guest’ experience at a township in Knysna, where you’ll learn a few key Xhosa phrases, how to drum and gain insights into Xhosa culture. Host Ella will share her life story and reveal the meaning behind some of the local songs that will accompany your traditional Xhosa meal. Our final stop today is the picturesque lagoon setting of Knysna, known as South Africa’s own Garden of Eden. Famed for its indigenous forests, fresh oysters and the two landmark Knysna Heads that stand as sentinels at the edge of the lagoon which shield the town from the Indian Ocean.

Hotel: Premier Resort The Moorings, 2 nights
Day 12: Knysna Free Day

You’ll have a free day to explore the jewel of the Garden Route. Start your day with a leisurely coffee in the Knysna Quays overlooking the lagoon, then consider an Optional Experience to Featherbed Nature Reserve including a drive through the reserve to the top of the lagoon’s Western Head. This evening, why not join an Optional Experience sunset cruise to the Knysna Heads and see where the Indian Ocean crashes against their towering sandstone cliffs?

Day 13: Knysna – Cape Town 

Leave the Garden Route behind bound for the Mother City. You’ll pass through vibrant coastal towns and the Cape Winelands, winding your way along South Africa’s southern Cape coastline. Arriving in Cape Town later this afternoon, you’ll have some time to freshen up before embarking on a visit to the iconic Table Mountain by cable car this evening (weather permitting).

Hotel: Southern Sun The Cullinan, 2 nights
Day 14: Cape Town Free Day

Capture the cosmopolitan energy of South Africa’s Mother City. Spend the day exploring its streets and squares in search of a tucked-away restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Consider an Optional Experience tour around the Cape Peninsula to visit Cape Point and see the penguins of Boulder’s Beach, or sample the Cape’s finest wines in the Cape Winelands. Spend your final evening at a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions indulging in delicious Cape Malay speciality dishes.

Day 15:  Depart Cape Town

We bid a fond farewell to Cape Town after breakfast. Explore the city on your terms before your transfer to Cape Town International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 11$6,650.00$8,840.00
January: 25$6,650.00$8,840.00
February: 08, 22$6,650.00$8,840.00
March: 07, 21$6,650.00$8,840.00
April: 04, 18$6,325.00$8,355.00
May: 02, 16, 30$6,325.00$8,355.00
June: 13, 27$6,325.00$8,355.00
July: 11, 25$6,325.00$8,355.00
August: 08, 22, 29$6,325.00$8,355.00
September: 05, 12, 19, 26$6,575.00$8,765.00
October: 03, 17, 31$6,575.00$8,765.00
November: 14, 28$6,575.00$8,765.00
December: 12, 19, 26$6,950.00$9,140.00

Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch, 10 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Accommodation:14 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Travel Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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South Africa: From Cape to Kruger

Have your camera ready for opportunities to see wildlife in their natural environment. Riding in open-air, safari vehicles, enjoy game drives in Kruger National Park, one of the world’s largest game reserves and home to impala, giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, and more. Enjoy cruises on the shimmering waters of Knysna Lagoon, home to bird and marine wildlife, and on Lake St. Lucia and estuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with hippo, Nile crocodile, and many birds. At Stony Point Nature Reserve, observe the endangered African penguins engage in their daily activities.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Check in to your hotel and prepare for a fascinating journey.

Hotel: SunSquare Cape Town Gardens, 3 nights

Day 2: Cape Town

This morning, a Walking Tour introduces you to Cape Town’s famous and historic landmarks. Stroll along Government Avenue to see St. George’s Cathedral, Parliament, and much more. Next, you’ll enter The Company’s Garden, a beautiful oasis in the city, en route to Green Market Square, which at different times has been a fruit and vegetable market and even a slave market. Next, visit Table Mountain for a Cablecar Ride to the top (weather permitting) for stunning views of the city and its surroundings. In the afternoon, take a scenic drive south through the fishing village of Hout Bay before ascending Chapman’s Peak Drive, which skirts the rocky coastline and is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Continue on to Cape Point Nature Reserve for stops at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point on the African continent. Here, take a Funicular Ride to the steps of the old lighthouse for spectacular panoramic views. Return to Cape Town and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

NOTE: Each year, generally in early August, the Table Mountain cableway closes for yearly maintenance. During this time, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens will be visited.

Day 3: Cape Town

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape winelands for wine tasting, or cruise to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Your Tour Director has suggestions to help you make the most of your day.

Day 4: Cape Town – Stony Point Nature Reserve – Hermanus – Mossel Bay

This morning, depart Cape Town and drive to Stony Point Nature Reserve to see a Colony Of Endangered African Penguins. Known for the unique sound they make, these penguins grow to an average height of two feet and live in burrows and rock crevices along the beach. Stop in Hermanus for independent exploration before reaching Mossel Bay for the evening.

Hotel: Protea Hotel by Marriott Mosel Bay

Day 5: Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn – Knysna

Drive north to Oudtshoorn and stop for a visit of the Cango Caves to see the stunning limestone rock formations. You will also visit a local Ostrich Farm. Continue on to Knysna.

Hotel: Knysna Log-Inn Hotel, 2 nights

Day 6: Nysna – Featherbed Nature Reserve Excursion

Today, explore the spectacular Featherbed Nature Reserve. Start, with a CRUISE on Knysna Lagoon to see a variety of bird and marine life. Then, join your expert guide and take a 4-wheel drive vehicle into the reserve stopping at several points for panoramic views of the lagoon and Indian Ocean. You will also take a Guided Walk through the unique coastal forest into ancient sea caves and along the shore of Coffin Bay. Lunch is served under a canopy of Milkwood trees overlooking the lagoon, a truly memorable experience! Afterwards, you will have time to explore the Knysna waterfront or simply relax at your hotel.

NOTE: The guided walk is over one mile long, downhill. Alternatively, you can return by 4-wheel drive vehicle.

Day 7: Knysna – Port Elizabeth –  Durban – Umhlanga

This morning, drive to Port Elizabeth where you will board your flight to Durban. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in nearby Umhlanga for the evening.

Hotel: Gateway Hotel Umhlanga

Day 8: Umhlanga – Shakaland – Hluhluwe

Today, visit Shakaland, a replica of a traditional Zulu homestead and living monument to their culture. Here, learn more about Zulu history and see how they hand craft ceramics and brew beer. This afternoon, drive to Hluhluwe.

Hotel: Anew Hluhluwe & Safaris, 2 nights

Day 9: Hluhluwe

This morning, take a Game Drive in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed wildlife reserve in all of Africa. The park is home to the “Big 5”-lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. You also have the chance to see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and much more! After time to rest, embark on an Afternoon Boat Ride on Lake St. Lucia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the cruise, you are likely to spot hippo, Nile crocodile, and a variety of bird life.

Day 10: Hluhluwe – Eswatini

Today, drive to eSwatini. En route, stop at a Local Market and visit a Glass Factory where glass blowers use recycled glass to create stemware, animals, and more.

Hotel: Lugogo Sun

Day 11: Eswatini – Kruger National Park Area

Depart eSwatini and head north for the Kruger area. Enjoy leisure time at your lodge this afternoon in preparation for your day of game viewing in the world-renowned Kruger National Park tomorrow.

Hotel: Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate, 2 nights

Day 12: Kruger Area

Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your Early Morning Game Drive with an experienced guide. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Spend some time at leisure in the middle of the day. Perhaps book a spa treatment or simply relax at the pool. Be sure to watch for kudu, impala, giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, and more on your Afternoon Game Drive. As darkness descends, your guide will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals. Return to your lodge for dinner.

Day 13: Kruger Area – Mpumalanga

Today, drive along the Panoramic Route known for its dramatic landscapes. Along the way, drive through Blyde River Canyon and stop to see God’s Window, the Three Rondavels, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes with its stunning rock formations carved by the Blyde River.

Hotel: Fortis Hotel Malaga

Day 14: Mpumalanga – Pretoria – Depart Johannesburg

Drive to Pretoria to see the Voortrekker Monument and Union Buildings. Continue on to Johannesburg, where your tour ends at the airport. Book homebound flights after 4 pm.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 19$4,437.00Price on Application
February: 16$4,507.00Price on Application
March: 15$4,437.00Price on Application
May: 17$4,217.00Price on Application
June: 21$4,217.00Price on Application
July: 12$4,217.00Price on Application
August: 16$4,217.00Price on Application
September: 06$4,417.00Price on Application
September: 20$4,497.00Price on Application
October: 04, 18$4,497.00Price on Application
November: 01, 15, 29$4,497.00Price on Application

Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 5 Lunch, 4 Dinners
Transport:Return Airport Transfers & Luxury Air-Conditioned vehicle & 4x4 Vehcile
Flights:Air Ticket: Port Elizabeth - Durban
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide:Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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